Don't get me wrong, I'm glad I went to college. I learned so much about how to prioritize, socialize, and work with people. And yes I learned bits and pieces of business, but the real learning happened in real life. In entrepreneurship experience trumps education most days. So today I'm going to share my top ten business lessons I've learned by doing. My hope is maybe some of it will empower you in your journey of business and personal growth!
1. Learn to say no. Some might argue with this one but I've discovered you are way more powerful if you do few things well instead of a lot of things mediocre.
2. Give freely on occasion. Giving without expectation is so empowering, remember you don't always know what others are going through. It just feels good to make a positive difference in someones life. Do it.
3. Protect your time. Do audits periodically of how you are spending your time. Maybe that means less Netflix and more books. Maybe that means setting...
I used to believe that work life balance was this magical peak of a mountain that through hard work, boundaries and sacrifice, you can summit. I was wrong. And you know what, it’s probably a good thing.
See, when I first started out in my post-college life, I looked to those around me for inspiration. The coffee manager who loved her job and her team, the hairstylist who prided themselves on working multiple industry jobs, the high level exec who sadly missed a lot of their kids activities. The common thread was the varying levels of stress and the sacrifices it took to be good at their job. I started to make a list of the things I did and did not want in my future career.
I knew early on that I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I loved the complex problem solving and that at the end of the day, if I wanted to make more, it was on me. Now, I'm also aware of the invisible hours of work that pile up: responding to emails, scheduling social media, creating courses,...
I hate the New Year. Okay, that’s pretty dramatic. But what I really mean is, why do people only choose one time of the entire year to better themselves? They say, “this will be the year I do xyz.” Then mid way through February they’re back to binging Netflix and ordering take out. Why. Are. We. Like. This.
My challenge to you (and me) is that we commit to living a better life. I don’t care if that’s as simple as trying to smile more or as difficult as being debt free. I just feel like we could all do better!
The clouds really started parting when I deleted this little game called Empires and Puzzles off my iPhone. I was playing it a ton yet, “didn’t have time to read, or blog, or workout”. I literally had to get rid of it to come to terms with how much time I was wasting on the game.
With my new found time, I started paying more attention to how I use my down time: Instagram, Facebook, napping, watching Netflix,...